SA is­sues new fines

Shepparton News - Country News - - THE WEATHER YEAR THAT WAS -

Mo­torists bring­ing fruit into South Aus­tralia will now be hit with a hefty fine as the state gov­ern­ment steps up mea­sures against fruit fly.

‘‘From road­blocks to quar­an­tine bins, we will use ev­ery tool at our dis­posal to de­fend our vi­tal hor­ti­cul­ture in­dus­try against fruit fly and to pro­tect our fruit fly­free sta­tus,’’ SA Pri­mary In­dus­tries Min­is­ter Tim Whet­stone told the Ade­laide Ad­ver­tiser. re­quire­ments. Com­mer­cial im­porters gen­er­ally need a plant health cer­tifi­cate or plant health as­sur­ance cer­tifi­cate to bring these items into the state.

Un­cer­ti­fied fresh fruit and fruit­ing veg­eta­bles (those gen­er­ally car­ried by the trav­el­ling pub­lic) can­not be brought into the state.

Plant health in­spec­tors can search any ve­hi­cle at a quar­an­tine sta­tion and take any re­stricted items.

Per­ma­nent quar­an­tine sta­tions are lo­cated on the:

■ Sturt Hwy at Yamba be­tween Mil­dura and Ren­mark. ■ Eyre Hwy at Ce­duna. ■ Bar­rier Hwy at Oodla Wirra. ■ Mallee Hwy be­tween Mur­rayville and Pin­na­roo.

High­ways that do not have quar­an­tine sta­tions at en­try points to the state have dis­posal bins that are signed.

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